Medical saddle bags were carried by surgeons in the field to hold a variety of medicines for the treatment of the sick and wounded. The saddle bags were made of leather and designed to carry smaller quantities than apothecary chests, making it easier for the surgeons to move about. This example has two hard sided bags lined with red Moroccan leather. One bag includes four Japanned tin medical tins. The other bag contains six glass medicine bottles with cork stoppers. The leather is strong and supple with some crazing, and one bag is missing the closure strap. Overall, a fine example for any Civil War medical collection.
Inventory Number: MED 198